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leg up, a

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leg up, a

noun phrase

  1. Aid; a boost: He'll do OK, but he needs a financial leg up to get started (1837+)
  2. An advantage: You can go in with a leg up on other people (1901+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with leg up, a

leg up, a

The act of assisting someone, giving someone a boost. For example, Studying with Jane, who knows French history well, will give you a leg up for the final exam. This usage alludes to helping a person get on a horse by getting a foot in the stirrup. [ First half of 1800s ]
A position of advantage, as in Because of the advertising campaign, we had a leg up on the competition.
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